Renewing unto New Jerusalem (2)

Revelation 21:1-2 says, “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and the sea is no more. And I saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.” Today God is working toward New Jerusalem by inwardly renewing His people. He is doing this “through the washing of regeneration and the renewing of the Holy Spirit” (Titus 3:5). an excerpt* of note 4 on this verse says,

The washing of regeneration begins with our being born again and continues with the renewing of the Holy Spirit as the process of God’s new creation, a process that makes us a new man. The washing of regeneration purges away all the things of the old nature of our old man, and the renewing of the Holy Spirit imparts something new — the divine essence of the new man — into our being. In this is a passing from our old state into a wholly new one, from the old creation into the status of a new creation. Hence, both the washing of regeneration and the renewing of the Holy Spirit are working in us continually throughout our life until the completion of the new creation.

This washing and renewing are preparing us to match New Jerusalem. Lord, wash me daily from all that is old in me and impart Your newness into me. Complete Your renewing work in me and in those around me. Lord, bring us into the present reality of New Jerusalem.

* from The New Testament Recovery Version Online, © 1997- 2012 by Living Stream Ministry

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